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When and How to Use This MedicineSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with sipuleucel-T include the following:
- This medication is given as an injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection) approximately every two weeks, for a total of three doses.
- You will need a procedure to have some white blood cells removed from your blood about three days before each sipuleucel-T injection. Your white blood cells will be used to create your individual sipuleucel-T dose.
- The sipuleucel-T IV injection is given slowly, over about 60 minutes. A slow IV injection is also sometimes called an IV infusion.
- Your healthcare provider may give you medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and diphenhydramine (Benadryl®, Sominex®, and many others), about 30 minutes before your sipuleucel-T dose. These "premedications" help reduce the chance of infusion reactions, such as fever and chills.
- For this drug to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Make sure to keep all of your appointments with your healthcare provider.